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Security roundup: Stealing from the military; persistent threats; mammoth security problems; bot armies

Sometimes the difference between selfless valor and selfish cowardice is stark. On the same week that 21-year-old Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer is awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in saving his compatriots in Afghanistan, we hear that Rene Quimby, 42, is sentenced to prison for stealing 16,000 identities of U.S. military service members and using that information to steal from 650 victims.

Ellen Messmer | 17 Sep | Read more

Network trust and security in doubt

The decommissioning of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) across Australia over the next few years could accelerate the deterioration of one of communication technology’s most valuable assets: Trust.

Tim Lohman | 13 Sep | Read more

Yet another free pass for Aussie spooks

Something doesn't add up. ASIO is doing pretty well. So are our police. Australians sleep safer in their beds than ever before. Yet the government is rushing to pass new laws to "protect" us so fast they're even forgetting the widgets that make them work.

Stilgherrian | 15 Sep | Read more

U.S. needs to be on-guard for a big cyber-attack

A destructive attack from cyberspace "is coming, in my opinion. It is a question of time. What we don't know is how far out it is," and whether it will target commercial infrastructure, government networks or mobile platforms Army Gen. <a href="http://www.nsa.gov/about/leadership/bio_alexander.shtml">Keith Alexander</a> told attendees of the "<a href="http://www.crows.org/details/144-maneuvering-in-cyberspace-and-io.html">Maneuvering in Cyberspace</a>" symposium this week.

Michael Cooney | 15 Sep | Read more

US needs to kick network security intelligence up a notch

There is an urgent need for businesses and our government to develop high-level cyber-intelligence as a way to combat the unacceptable levels of <a href="https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/INSA/attach/INSA_CYBER_INTELLIGENCE_2011.pdf">online security threats</a> because the current "patch and pray" system won't cut it in the future.

Michael Cooney | 14 Sep | Read more

Security pros come clean at Summit on Advanced Persistent Threats

Put about 100 chief information <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">security</a> officers, CIOs and CEOs into a room and what they are willing share about cybersecurity just might surprise you. More information about just what they shared will be revealed soon in a report stemming from a closed-door Summit on Advanced Persistent Threats held in Washington, D.C., in July, where business and government security professionals acknowledged to each other that their organizations had either been hacked through stealthy infiltration to steal valuable sensitive information and intellectual property, or that they wouldn't know it if it had been.

Ellen Messmer | 14 Sep | Read more

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